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February 14, 2016 Weekly Weather and Geology Guess

February 14, 2016
Greetings from the Bluff Park Back Porch, way up yonder on Shades Mountain (1,109′) in Alabama:

We will continue with our discussion of the Geology of the Appalachian Mountains.  The USGS article provides an excellent summary of how the Appalachian Mountains formed.
Enjoy the discussion and please throw you 2 cents or quarter’s worth of comments and questions.


Last Week On the Bluff:

–    63 was the high and 21 was the low.
–    Rainfall total on the Bluff was 0 inches.
–    Maximum wind gust was 20 mph.  

Metro Birmingham Forecast for the New Week

–    68 was the high for Sunday; and 21 is the forecast low.
–    1.25 inches of rain is forecast for the week.
–    Warming by end of week.

Weather Guesses

Alabama All Weather Hazards Awareness:

NWS, Huntsville, AL:
NWS, Birmingham, AL:
NWS, Mobile, AL:    


Metro Birmingham.  Compliments of ABC3340.

(for Detailed Graphical Forecast)
Weather Underground Map for Metro Birmingham.
(Just wander around the state to pick your closest weather station).


Weather Forecast by AccuWeather  (Pick your time, day, or month)
Space Weather.


Minerals and Rocks – The Good Life from the Ground
“If it ain’t grown, it has to be mined”
The Origins of North American Geology


Topic for The Week
1.5  Appalachian Orogen.  as in the Appalachian Mountains.
A 5-Part Series of Appalachian Geology by Geologist, Wildwood Claire.
(by Editor.  This is one of the better videos on the subject.)
Appalachian Geology, Part 4,_part_4_pangea

Appalachian Geology, Part 5
Note:  For this weeks attached pictures, I have included the human aspect of Appalachia.
There have been many family and commercial farms, liquid corn, as well as logging, and mining of all types.
I started my geologic career in a lead and zinc mine located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the New River.  Many Many tales and stories.
This will conclude our review of the Appalachian Mountains.
Next week we will begin our review of Alabama Geology.
There is a lot of material regarding the Geology of Alabama.
I have just received the Second Edition of “Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks” by Jim Lacefield.  This will be of tremendous help, if I can wrap my brain around it.  Thanks!



Another Editors Note:  It is the intent of this site to keep this discussion as simple as possible, so as to educate the interested general public and not to discuss with the geology crowd the latest geologic theories and nuances.  Thanks, R
“No copyright infringement intended.
The rights belong to their respective owners”
Copyright Disclaimer: Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.


Author’s Request:  If you see any pictures that you know the source and photographer, let me know immediately.  Thanks!  R

Images have been searched by TinEye Reverse Image Search.


Have A Great Week!

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